Life Lately: Volume 16

Striped Duffle Bag

Happy Friday! We had a bit of a traumatic week around here, and I’m so glad it’s over. On Monday and Tuesday, I was off on a press trip in Florida (so fun, btw, but more on that next week), and I got a call from our dog walker on Tuesday afternoon saying that Boots got hurt pretty badly in the woods and was basically impaled by a tree. Anel was at work and I was far away, so he was nice enough to bring him to the vet and make sure he was ok. Turns out, he had to go under, get stitches for a three inch gash, and is now on pain meds and antibiotics for two weeks.

The worst part of it all is that they made two holes above and below the wound that we have to flush out three times a day to keep it all clean. Hearing my pup cry as I stick a syringe into his open wound is beyond heartbreaking. I cry every time we have to do it.

He’s doing much better today, finally sleeping through the night and has a little more of his usual personality back. The narcotics (literally) make him loopy, but seeing his tail wag, makes me feel so relieved and grateful that he’ll be ok.

I also had two really great things happen this week. On Wednesday night, I hosted a webinar with Aimee, the woman who helped me to get pregnant naturally. We talked all about how to overcome the loss of miscarriage, and what we did to turn my “unexplained infertility” into a healthy pregnancy. If you want to watch it, you can see a replay of it here. It will be live for the next few days only.

On Thursday, I was invited to tour the new Anthropologie store in Westport. It’s 30,000 square feet and gorgeous! I could have moved right into the space. The tour was followed by lunch at their new cafe, Amis Trattoria and wow. I can’t wait to take Anel back there for date night soon.

Lastly, with everything going on with Boots, in addition to watching Lisa Vanderpump rally against the Yulin Festival on RHOBH, I’ve started getting more and more emotional about dog abuse. After having to hurt my dog (even though it’s for his safety), I can’t imagine how anyone could ever purposefully harm a dog. I don’t know what I can do about it yet, but if you have any ideas about where/how to volunteer, or what organizations to become involved in, please let me know!

Today we’re all driving up to New Hampshire to celebrate my dad’s birthday, and I’m hoping the extra fresh air up there will heal him even more. After my recent travel adventures (I had another very delayed flight this week), I’m excited to take it easy and relax with my family.

From Around the Web

Striped Travel Bags. How cute is my new collection of travel bags? Pictured in the photo above, I got this duffle, a cute cosmetics kit, and a diaper bag that is actually (gasp) cute!

Spiritual spring cleaning. Ok this might be a littttttle out there for some of you guys, but I’m actually really excited to try out some of these energetic detox rituals.

A very pretty living room. I am a YoungHouseLove super fan, and love all of their work, but their latest living room updates had me seriously swooning.

No more loose change. I’ve been on the hunt for a new wallet, but everything was insanely expensive or looks cheap. I finally landed on this Cuyana zip-around (monogrammed of course) after seeing Victoria carry it in Charleston. It’s well made, high quality leather, and a great price point.

Closing the wage gap. This week, Iceland became the first country to introduce a bill that requires employers to prove that they pay men and women the same, and it looks like it’s going to pass. It’s an exciting step, and let’s just hope the rest of us follow in their footsteps.

#nationalstripesday. J.Crew created their own holiday  and I love it! Post your photos on Instagram with #nationalstripes day today.

Hillstone salad. If you’ve ever had Hillstone’s Thai steak salad, you know how addictive it can be. I realize this recipe post is old, but I just discovered it, and can’t wait to make it next week! Literally, my mouth is watering as I read it. Awkward…

Short and sweet. I love Emily’s summery look. Those high-waisted shorts are just too cute and look so preppy with the striped top and straw hat.

Long top. I’ve been on the hunt for cute, longer cut tops that I can wear now and after pregnancy. I just found this cute one that is pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for! I also love it in this toile-like pattern.

Paleo Twix. It’s supposed to snow up north this weekend (ugh), so we have some grand plans for baking up some goodies. I found a recipe for homemade Twix bars that are gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo. They sound too good to be true, but we’re going to try them out and I’ll report back.

Design inspo. Gray Malin is one of my favorite photographers, but I personally think he should moonlight as an interior designer. Every single room in his house is perfection. When can I move in?

Bow Slides. I’ve seen a ton of other bloggers post about these slides featuring oversized pink bows. How cute to pair with a cute little summer dress?

Changes at Chipotle. I was excited when I read that Chipotle just made a huge healthy change to their menu.

The art of raising kind kids. There are some serious nuggets of wisdom in this article on how to raise kind children. For example, “Teach your kids compassion, and to look outward, not inward.”

New kitchen finds. I picked up this unique serving bowl at the Anthropologie event yesterday. It will be perfect to hold fruit or to serve salads. I also bought this pretty set of dish towels.

Stress relieving tricks you can do anywhere. All you need is yourself and a few free minutes. I’ll be keeping these tips in my back pocked for a rainy (and stressful) day.

Is pregnancy glow real? People keep telling me that I’m glowing lately. I can’t tell if it’s just something they say, or if it’s really true. After seeing these before and after celebrity photos, I think there’s something to it!

This week on Lemon Stripes

Striped Dresses for Spring
24 Week Update
Skincare for Millennials
Three Acai Bowl Recipes

  • I’m sorry to hear about Boots! Our pug puppy had a horrible eye injury a few months ago and it still makes me sick to think about it. He was so little, and we weren’t even sure he was going to be able to keep his eye! It turned out just fine though. We had to do around the clock meds for a few weeks but now there is barely even a scar. I’m just saying try not to worry too much, it’ll be okay!!
    -Kristen
    http://www.pugsandpearls.com

    • Oh no! That sounds so scary, I’m sorry you had to go through that. Glad to hear he pulled through 🙂

  • Ashley Burr

    So sorry to hear about Boots! A similar situation happened with our dog several years back, she was impaled by a fence post. It was traumatic and the recovery was tough but she pulled through! I’m sure boots will be better in no time.

    • Thanks Ashley! He’s already recovering quickly. Glad to hear your pup did as well!

  • Paola Blanc

    Poor Boots, he’s a lovely dog, I’m happy to hear that he’s doing better now

  • Elizabeth

    Get well soon, Boots! I also have a pit mix who is the sweetest boy ever. But it has made me aware that there is a lot of negativity out there towards pitbulls. In fact, my 3 year old neighbor informed me, about 2 months after we had adopted the dog: “my daddy says your doggie is bad.” After being completely taken aback, I responded with, “well, he’s just a puppy so sometimes he gets into trouble but he tries to be a good boy.” I couldn’t believe it!!! My dog has been nothing but perfect around this kid and his family. So, my “mission” now is to show family, friends and neighbors how good my dog is by socializing him as much as possible, and by being vocal about the fact that his a pit and not apologizing for it. With the exception of this one neighbor, everyone who meets him says he is a great dog and falls in love with him. Since then I have discovered http://www.standupforpits.us whose mission is to end dog abuse and has a ton of information that you may find helpful. Also, get in touch with a local shelter to see what you can do. Have a great weekend!

    • Pits are the absolute best, and I can’t imagine having any other dog now! I feel you though, a lot of people are terrified of him. That story about your neighbor makes me so sad. Your pup will just have to prove them wrong!

  • I am so sorry to hear about Boots! I know how traumatic that can be (especially while pregnant and your motherly instincts are on overdrive). I am so happy to hear though that would like to get involved with helping to stop dog abuse! Animals activism is something I am so passionate about and there are a ton of things you can do big or small. I myself am a vegetarian for ethical reasons. I also volunteer with an animal rescue once a week for a few hours. But if you don’t have the time to commit to volunteering regularly you can donate to your local animal rescue. Or encourage your friends and family to adopt and not shop. Educate yourself and your friends about the horrors of breeders and how many perfectly good dogs are put to sleep each year just because no one was willing to adopt them. As a consumer you can make sure you buy products that are not tested on animals. Many products are tested on Beagles who are kept in tiny cages for all of their lives and never see grass or the sun. There are so many small everyday things you can do to help animals! I hope you are able to find something that speaks to you and works with your lifestyle 🙂

    • Thanks Kelsey! I think volunteering at an animal rescue is the direction I’m heading in as well. I have a flexible schedule, so I might as well put it to good use.

  • Sarah Stempien

    Hi! I live in the same area as you (I’m in Greenwich) and I volunteer with different rescue organizations. There are definitely ways you can help out! Even simple things like posting dogs available for adoption to social media would help. You can foster too. I’d be happy to point you in the right direction 🙂

    • I would love you to point me in the right direction. I don’t think fostering will be our best bet with a new baby, but definitely wanting to volunteer. You can email me if it’s easier: julia@lemonstripes.com

  • Melissa

    Poor Boots, hope he heals well. So sorry to read this.

  • Alyssa Loring

    I feel the same about the Yulin festival. There has to be some way to help! I volunteer at my local rescue, so at least I feel like I’m doing SOMEthing, even though it’s not a lot!

  • What a week you’ve had! Hope Boots heals well! I love that you were at the Ritz Sarasota. I stayed there last year and absolutely loved it! I’m hoping to make a return trip this summer.